States told to set up 1 lakh bio­gas plants for FY 2016-17

Power Watch India - - DESPATCHES NATIONAL -

To pro­vide clean gaseous fuel for cook­ing and or­ganic bio-ma­nure as a by-prod­uct, the MNRE has al­lo­cated to the states/UTs an an­nual tar­get of set­ting up one lakh fam­ily size bio­gas plants (1 m3 to 6 m3 ca­pac­ity) for 2016-17. This will re­sult in a likely saving of about 21,90,000 LPG cook­ing cylin­ders an­nu­ally, be­sides pro­vid­ing bio­gas plant pro­cessed bio-ma­nure to re­duce and sup­ple­ment the use of chem­i­cal fer­til­iz­ers. There would be sav­ings of about 10,000 tonnes of urea equiv­a­lent. The av­er­age en­vis­aged saving of emis­sions through car­bon diox­ide and meth­ane into the at­mos­phere would be about 450,000 tonnes and about 250,000 tonnes re­spec­tively that would help in re­duc­ing the causes of cli­mate change.

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